Sunday, December 23, 2007

Transplant Headlines

Selected headlines

Transplant doctor finds himself on receiving end of procedure

Transplant surgeon Dr. David Laskow needed a new heart himself after suffering cardiac arrest

The Courier News in New Jersey posts this story about a surgeon who has an emergency heart transplant that results in him being committted --more than ever-- to helping other transplant patients.

"The act of donating one organ has an exponential effect," Dr. David Laskow said. "What a powerful event. It winds up affecting thousands of lives. I touch a lot of people's lives. You go back to what you do. You interact with the world." Read the full story.

Organ donation
This item aired on News 10 Now in Rochester, New York and notes that every day in the United States 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Every 20 minutes someone new is added to the list. The story is about how Tracy Conrow donated her mother's organs knowing that she wanted to live on as a donor. Read the full story.

The greatest gift of them all -- life
There are currently 1,642 patients waiting for an organ transplant in Ontario
From CNews in Canada:

Dave Choi likely won't live long enough to receive a life-saving liver transplant but he is hoping this holiday season people will think about the gift of life.

Dave Choi, 34, hugged by his girlfriend Sophie Tran, waits to get a liver transplant. Doctors say he won't survive the two-year waiting list to receive the operation.

"I am too young to die", said Choi, a 34-year-old Internet consultant from Toronto who has liver cancer.

"I need a liver transplant and my doctors tell me the wait is almost two years. I will likely not survive that long. It doesn't have to be like this.

"Please, sign an organ donor card and talk to your family about your wishes today. To me, it's an easy way to make a big difference. It means a lot."

Choi's friends are actively looking for a living donor match to donate a small piece of their liver to save his life.

"This New Year's Eve we are hosting our first gathering at the Artcube art gallery. Using the Facebook website, we posted details of the event to spread the word and this alone has done an amazing job of generating awareness for both my issue and for the Trillium Gift of Life Network," Choi said. Read the full article.

“You Have the Power to Save Lives – Sign Your Donor Card & Tell Your Loved Ones of Your Decision”

Download Donor Cards from Trillium Gift of Life Network

Download Donor Cards from OrganDonor.Gov

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